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Philosopher Buddy Chat. What did you find out? Did you understand/agree with anything you read?. Moral Absolutism. Starter – On handouts , underline the statements that you think relate to moral absolutism Reading – Plato – Puzzle of Ethics Key Thinkers: Plato, Kant, Aquinas. LO s:

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philosopher buddy chat
Philosopher Buddy Chat
  • What did you find out? Did you understand/agree with anything you read?
moral absolutism
Moral Absolutism
  • Starter – On handouts, underline the statements that you think relate to moral absolutism
  • Reading – Plato – Puzzle of Ethics
  • Key Thinkers: Plato, Kant, Aquinas.
  • LO s:
  •  To explore the moral concept of ethical absolutism
  • To consider some examples of absolutist theories
  • To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this position.
group task
Group Task
  • We are going to explore examples of moral absolutism. Please pick one of the following:
  • Plato – Forms (difficulty 5)
  • Donnelly – Human Rights (difficulty 2)
  • Aquinas – Religious (difficulty 3)
  • In your group, read the information, discuss it, take brief notes and answer the following questions
  • What is objective and unchanging? What is universalizable? Is this a strong theory? Can you think of anything wrong with it?
strengths weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
  • Not changed by group preferences
  • Different societies can share common values
  • Gives greater authority to rules and laws
  • One person/society can morally judge another
  • No account of historical developments
  • No account of cultural differences
  • No account of individuals or situation
  • Can be harsh and unforgiving
  • Any application would be based on personal interpretation and so would be partly subjective
summary
Summary
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